Yana Dyukareva, 38 (right), moved from Ukraine to work with horses at Hunterton Farm in Paris. When the war started in Ukraine, Yana wanted to fight as a soldier. Steve Stewart, an owner of Hunterton Farm, offered Yana a different option – to bring her mother to live with her in Paris. "[He] said for me to think about my mom – that she'll be happy if I'm in a safe space and not die." Yana and her mother, Inna Dyukareva, 58 (left), share a bedroom in Hunterton Farm housing.
"I hope it will make me happy," Yana says as she describes what she envisions for her move to Los Angeles. Yana is eager to build her life on her terms in a way that no longer revolves around horses.
Zhanna Lykhachava, (left) and Yana take a break during their morning shift after they bathe, groom, and feed the horses.
Yana walks a horse out of the barn and into an open field for the day. She and other employees of Henderson Farm do this daily to help keep the horses healthy and active before they are sold.
Life has consisted of many changes for Yana. She plans to leave her job at Hunterton Farm to start a new career in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.
Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, Yana and Inna have left behind their homes and lives in Ukraine. All they know they have now is what is in their bedroom in Paris. With hope, Yana says, "I want to show my future husband around Ukraine because it's a really nice country."
From cleaning horse stables, feeding horses, bathing and grooming them, and taking the horses in and out for the day, caring for young horses requires working around the clock. In between her shifts, Yana rests.
Dominika Voborska (left) is one of Yana's four original roommates. The women are all from Europe, living and working at Hunterton Farm under an H4A visa. They are now joined by Yana's mother.
Yana and Inna both share music as a passion. They own a guitar and keyboard in Paris.
For the last five years, Yana has been dreaming of a career in the entertainment industry. "Here I am. Watch me," Yana says.